Last-minute crisis talks have failed to prevent an Aylesbury community project supporting adults with learning disabilities having to close because of a lack of money.
The Aylesbury Project, which was opened in June by Fern Britton, took unwanted recyclable materials and then disabled adult trainees turned them into goods to be sold off.
Although store membership and sales have been at a good level, the number of trainees attending fell short, with nine signing up when around 40 were needed.
Having trainees resulted in project funding because Bucks County Council would provide cash for every person it referred to the scheme.
The people behind the project say this referral process has taken too long, although they denied this was the only reason for the closure.
Council officials and project leaders met on Monday but could not agree on a solution.
Project director Neil Hemming said: “The fact that it has taken so long means we can’t plan properly.
“But even if I could have waved a magic wand and the council did everything I wanted then the difference in cash flow to the business would have been about £15,000.
“The money we need to make sure we can carry on is close to double that.”
A council spokesman said they were ‘sorry to hear that the project is not viable and is closing’.
He said: “Today’s social care market now enables people to choose their services and if someone needs a day service they have an independent support broker to help them plan and arrange what they want to do.
“It is their choice as to who provides their care and when. We will do everything we can to support the service users affected.”
The project will remain in operation this week for reuse store customers and will close at 4.30pm on Friday.